It's that time of year, love is in the air and wedding planing is in full force. Here are few tips to keep in mind when completing your wedding registry:
1. Time It RightIt is completely acceptable to register as soon as you get engaged. This is great for guests who would like to purchase a gift for any prewedding celebration—engagement parties, showers, brunches—or for people who'd just like to send something as a token of their congratulations.
2. Know ThyselfDon't be a slave to traditional registry lists. If you never cook at home but love to camp, it makes more sense to register for a tent than to request crystal goblets. But be open to the fact that your tastes may change in the future. Even though you can't imagine the need at this moment in your life for that glass trifle bowl, it may become indispensable for future dinner party desserts.
3. Take StockMake a list of what both of you have and will keep—and what you still need and want. Consider the need for “everyday" and “formal" versions of dinnerware, glassware, table linens, and serving items. Important: Discuss what level of formality you want and general color schemes or patterns before you begin.
4. Do It TogetherThe two of you should be registering for gifts you'll both enjoy. To decide on what you need, talk about the style of home you'd both like, and divide and conquer categories (maybe he gets to choose electronics, while she gets to choose the bedding). And don't let Mom drag you around—in this case, she may not know best.
5. Know Your GuestsBe sure to register for items in a range of prices so that people can choose gifts within their means. Provide a mix of goods: Think traditional for older relatives, affordable and fun for college pals. It may sound a bit manipulative, but you've got to make your registry choices appealing—and easy for your guests to buy.
6. Over-RegisterTo satisfy gift needs for showers and engagement parties, request more items than the number of people on your guest list. Having options does not look greedy: You're actually doing guests a favor by giving them more choices.
7. Take Your TimeCouples who try to register in a rush may later regret their choices—or miss items they need. Be sure to budget plenty of time for browsing and debating. You can always add to your list at a later time.
8. Get Plenty of PlatesIt's a good idea to request eight to twelve place settings . Dinner parties are most successful with six to eight people, but if you have a large family and plan on entertaining during holidays, you may want more.
9. Sign up for Storage StuffDon't forget to register for places to stash your gifts. For example, you'll want to store sterling silver and silver-plated flatware in felt rolls in a silver chest with slotted insets (or a tightly closed drawer) lined with felt linen to prevent scratching, denting, and tarnishing.
10. Plan for Late ShoppersAsk the store how long your registry list will remain active after the wedding. Conventional wisdom says that guests have up to one year from your wedding day to buy a gift, so that's at least how long your registry should remain active.
11. Weekend UpdateTwo Fridays before your wedding (most gifts are bought between two weeks before and two weeks after a wedding), be sure to check your registry and add additional items if necessary to make sure guests have options.
12. Be GraciousThank-you notes for gifts received before the wedding should be sent within two weeks of arrival. Notes for gifts received on or after the wedding day should be sent within a month of your return from the honeymoon.
-source: The Knot.com
If you ask us, Le Creuset is a kitchen staple. But we're not the only fans: The iconic cookware is celebrated all over the world — and for good reason. Here's a look at what makes Le Creuset cookware so special.
1. DON'T CALL IT A DUTCH OVEN.
There's a difference: Dutch ovens were invented by the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 1700s. They were large cast-iron pots with fitted lids. The French tried to riff on them by adding enamel coating, but their new name (the ever-original French oven) didn't stick. Nevertheless, that is the proper name for your Le Creuset piece.
2. THE SIGNATURE COLOR HAS HIDDEN IMPORTANCE.
The brand's casting specialist Armand Desaegher and enameling specialist Octave Aubecq settled on a bright orange color for their first enameled oven in 1925 and named it Flame. They were inspired by the bright glow of molten cast-iron. Even the factory in Fresnoy-le-Grand, France, is painted the classic orange hue.
3. MARILYN MONROE WAS A HUGE FAN.
The blonde bombshell was an avid cook and owned a 12-piece set of Le Creuset cookware in Elysees Yellow, a color that's since been discontinued. It was auctioned for a whopping $25,330 in New York in 1999.
4. NO TWO PIECES ARE EXACTLY THE SAME.
Each piece of cookware is cast from a fresh sand mold that's broken back down into sand after its use. The cast pieces are then smoothed by hand and enameled. And that's the simplified version: The process can take at least 10 hours and actually entails 12 different steps.
5. THE COOKWARE IS MORE VERSATILE THAN YOU THINK.
You knew you could make a stew or cook a whole chicken in the classic French ovens, but you can also bake bread, braise meat, cook a casserole, and deep fry whatever the heck your heart desires in the classic piece.
6. LE CREUSET HAS A STRICT NO-FLAW POLICY.Each pot is inspected by 15 different people before it's deemed suitable for sale. Around 30 percent of the company's goods are rejected because of imperfections. Often, they're melted back down and, the iron is recycled to create new (flawless) products.
7. YOU CAN GET THE BEST DEALS AT LE CREUSET OUTLET STORES.There are more than 70 outlet stores across the country that sell first-quality productions (ones in colors or shapes that may be discontinued) and second-quality items. The latter have minor imperfections that don't affect how they cook food but require them to be sold at a lower price.
8. ENAMELED CAST-IRON COOKWARE ISN'T THE ONLY THING THE COMPANY CAN MAKE.
It may be the most popular, but you can also get Le Creuset stainless steel, silicone, and stoneware products.
9. POPULAR COLORS VARY BY COUNTRY.Currently, Le Creuset has created about 100 colors, but the favorites are different depending on where you live. Americans opt for primary hues, Germans love Mediterranean blues and Japanese chefs pick pastels. French cooks go crazy for — what else? — the iconic Flame hue, which is called Volcanique in Le Creuset's home country.
10. LE CREUSET'S FACTORY WORKERS STAY BUSY.The company turned 90 in 2015, and at that time, they'd created more than 300 million products for more than 60 different countries.
11. THE COMPANY IS KNOWN FOR ITS WHIMSICAL LIMITED EDITIONS.
Our Honey Mustard Chicken Wings are perfect for any day of the week.
1 1/2 - 2 lbs.Chicken wings
1/2 cup Butter
2/3 cup Robert Rothschild Farm Raspberry Honey Mustard Dip (at Nest)
1 tsp. Curry powder
Salt & pepper to taste
Combine butter, Raspberry Honey Mustard Dip, curry powder, salt and pepper in small bowl. Place wings in shallow baking pan. Pour butter mixture over chicken wings. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until done, basting every 15 minutes.
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